Danube River Cruise
Vantage Deluxe World
2001, my first river cruise. I flew to Budapest to
meet the River
Navigator. The Navigator is a river style
cruiser that holds 120
persons and is low and sleek in design.
You can sit on the upper desk
which covers almost the whole
ship to sightsee. It is a very
leisurely style of travel and allows
one to take in all the sights in
a relaxed manner. We sailed
from Budapest to Melk, Austria. We had
port stops in Bratislava
and Vienna. There were also stops at other
along the river. It was a short one week
excursion. The trip
was terrific in every way except that we were in
Melk on 9/11.
There were some anxious moments around the attack and
whether we would get home as planned. Fortunately the ship
News and British SKY News on the television
system all the time. Once
we got the events of the attack sorted
out things settled down for all
of us. We were able to fly home
from Budapest as scheduled. We did
not find out we could get
home until the evening before the morning we
arrived in downtown Budapest located on the Danube River
immediately saw the Buda Palace across the river. Later in
cruise/tour, I was able to visit the palace. It is a very
the river in Budapest was the Parliament Building.
We had a tour of
the building. There were many interesting displays
boarding our cruise ship in Budapest we sailed up river to
the capital of Slovenia. This is the National Opera House
Slovenia. Interesting country which would not allow their
people to leave.
was taken in the court yard of a local museum in
was taken in the museum court yard. A Saturday
market was being
held. Musician's played local music and local
venders were selling a
wide variety of items.
streets of Bratislava were many interesting pieces of statuary.
could not resist having my picture taken with some of them.
on the Danube River. We are heading up river
toward Vienna. Notice
that the countryside is flat.
We finally have sunshine.
Vienna after a two night stay. We were docked very
close to downtown
Vienna. The first evening were
went to a
traditional Viennese concert. Lots of waltzes
were on the playbill.
The second evening, were ventured
into the hills around Vienna to
visit a local winery. It as
a very pleasant evening. Vienna is a
busy and beautiful city.
I enjoy visiting it.
This is the
pilot house where the crew steered the boat.
Some bridges were so low
that they had to collapse the
pilot house to clear.
We are still
further up the river. Notice that the river is
flowing through steep
hillsides. The farming of the
flat area has changed. There
beautiful castle would appear around the
bend in the river. You could
(and I did) spend hours
viewing the sights along the river. There
and many churches as we sailed along.
of the Danube River as we sail along.
gateway to Melk, Austria.
A very quaint village on the river.
River Navigator docked at Melk. It was a cool day.
The whole trip
was on the cool side and all the natives
were telling us how unusually cool the weather was.
beautiful Abbey at Melk. The date is September 11, 2001.
about the terrorist attack at 4:30 pm local time.
ship had a very good TV network reception,
so we got up to date
coverage of the events in the US.
We were able to watch CNN & British
Broadcasting Company's Sky news.
It was a most unsettling time for
all of us on the cruise as it was
all US citizens. We began to be
concerned about our
flights home after the cruise.
We had to
continue on our cruise. We are now headed
back to Budapest with stops
along the way. This is a
picture of a narrow street in Durnstein,
Austria. It was noted
that as we sailed there were many, many flags
at half staff.
In Budapest, the citizens has
flags out on their homes.
cruise part of the trip ended, we had a post cruise
stay in Budapest
of two days. It provided time to tour
Budapest and to visit a horse
farm in the country.
This is a
picture of Dan Edwards, of Virginia playing
the role of a Hungarian
cowboy. Great fun!